Episode No. 291 of The Modern Art Notes Podcast features artist Mark Ruwedel and curator Jed Morse.
Yossi Milo Gallery in New York is showing “Mark Ruwedel: Hell and Home” through June 24. The show includes Ruwedel’s ‘pictures of hell,’ an inventory of Western landscapes named for hell or the devil, his pictures of ‘home,’ of desert homes fighting a losing battle against the ravages of the harsh surrounding environment, and Opportunities Realized, Ruwedel’s revisiting of Ed Ruscha’s 1970 Real Estate Opportunities, in which Ruwedel photographed how the vacant lots in Ruscha’s book were filled in.
Ruwedel’s most recent book is “Pictures of Hell,” which features essays by Tate curator Simon Baker and Chiara Siravo a historian whose work has examined our concepts of hell. Amazon offers it for $125 (about half of what other sites charge for second-hand copies).
Ruwedel is one of America’s most honored photographers. In 2014 he won both the Scotiabank Photography Award and a Guggenheim fellowship. His work is in the collections of major museums such as the Metropolitan, the National Gallery of Art, the Tate, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and SFMOMA.
Ruwedel and host Tyler Green refer several times to Ruwedel’s 2008 book “Westward the Course of Empire,” a classic which looked at what remains in places where railroads once ran across the landscape.
On the second segment, Nasher Sculpture Center curator Jed Morse discusses his museum’s recent acquisition of a suite of major Manuel Neri sculptures and works on paper. They are on view at the Nasher through July 16.
Air date: June 1, 2017.
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Correction: Neri cast his first bronze from plaster figure in 1978 which was encouraged by his friend, Mark diSuvero, and in fact, Mark paid for the casting because Mark felt that Manuel’s best work should be “more permanent.” This sculpture was a “crucifixion figure” that Manuel had been commissioned to create for a Catholic church in the Bay Area.